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The first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Ethiopia was reported in March 2020, and the prime minister declared a state of emergency in April 2020. This resulted in the prohibition of interregional public transport and public gatherings, school closures across the country and the introduction of other public health measures to reduce the person-to-person transmission of the virus.
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This brief highlights 8 keys interventions to be considered in West and Central Africa by all sectors of society, from governments to international organizations and to civil society organizations in order to prevent and respond to violence against women and girls, at the onset, during, and after the public health crisis. It also considers the economic impact of the pandemic and itsimplications for violence against women and girls in the long-term.
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The R-GTG wishes to contribute to the efforts in progress to confront the current pandemic by sharing this note with the Coordinators residing in the region with the intention of encouraging and proposing tools to improve the consideration of the gender issue in the response to COVID-19. In this respect, it addresses the main risks connected to gender when considering the pandemic and makes a specific number of recommendations to respond to it.
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This note will help UN Women Country Offices in West and Central Africa, Governments and Development Partners to identify key gender impacts of the crisis to be considered when conducting socio-economic impact assessments of COVID19, in order to develop policy and programmatic actions to mitigate those impacts and to set the foundations of a recovery effort which takes into account women and girls’ needs.
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UN Women Ethiopia Country Office (ECO) calls on all partners to consider the sex and gender effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, both directly and indirectly. This will make certain that women and girls are kept in the front-line of preparedness and response.
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As COVID-19 spreads in Africa, informal workers are hard-pressed to comply with social distancing or confinement measures, as they need to work to provide for their basic needs. Here are three things that UN Women country offices can advocate for to ensure that women working in the informal economy do not fall through the cracks in the current crisis.